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Murder in Shakespeare's England

Murder in Shakespeare's England (Paperback)

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Fascination with murder is not a modern phenomenon. People in the past were just as interested in extreme violence and homicide as people nowadays. In seventeenth-century England all excessive and gratuitous violence was condemned and prosecuted, with murderers being categorized as particularly wicked. The courtrooms where murderers were tried were packed and crowds attended their execution. Ballads about notorious cases and prints reflected the huge interest such cases generated. Yet, in a world with no police and little forensic expertise, identification, pursuit and prosecution presented many difficulties. "Murder in Shakespeare's England" looks at a series of murder cases, ranging from brawls to infanticide, and including serial and sex killings, to paint a picture of how murder was committed, discovered and punished in Stuart England.

BiographyTrue storiesTrue crimeHistory & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450/1500History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean historyBritish & Irish historyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCrime & criminology Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 07/09/2006 ISBN-13: 9781852855369  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Vanessa McMahon is Assistant Professor at The American International University in London. She holds a doctorate in history from Royal Holloway, University of London.

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